Cercocarpus betuloides var. betuloides

Mountain Mahogany

Plant Type: Shrub, Tree
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 20' X 15'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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Mountain mahogany is common to mountainous regions throughout the state except the southeastern deserts. One encounters it in Santa Clara County to nearly the valley floor. It grows as a shrub or multi-trunked tree in a rounded to upright form. The structure is open and the branches are an attractive gray. The leaves are somewhat birch-like and are evergreen. Mountain mahogany is perhaps most appreciated for the seed heads which appear in early summer with their long, wispy extensions. Mountain mahogany is a fine candidate for a small tree and can be successfully trained into a columnar shape for narrow spaces.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen